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Edward 'Ted' M. Kennedy, Sr.'s Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Business and Consumers

Business and Consumers

2009-2010 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 50%
2009-2010 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 50%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 0%
2009 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 0%
2008 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 0%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 50%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 24%
2007-2008 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 60%
2007-2008 American Forest and Paper Association - Forest Products Advocacy Score 50%
2007-2008 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 25%
2007-2008 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 60%
2007-2008 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 22%
2007-2008 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 55
2007-2008 National Restaurant Association - Positions on Restaurant Advocacy 40
2007-2008 National Retail Federation - Positions Retail Industry Advocacy 20%
2007-2008 National Small Business Association - Positions 100%
2007-2008 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 75%
2007-2008 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 55%
2007 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 13%
2007 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 50%
2007 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 64%
2006 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 0%
2006 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 100%
2006 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 63%
2006 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 100%
2006 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 36%
2006 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100%
2005-2006 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 28%
2005-2006 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 50%
2005-2006 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 25%
2005-2006 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 11%
2005-2006 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 33%
2005-2006 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 0%
2005-2006 National Restaurant Association - Positions 25%
2005-2006 National Retail Federation - Positions 0%
2005-2006 National Small Business Association - Positions 25%
2005-2006 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 20%
2005-2006 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions on Population Stabilization 100%
2005 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 10%
2005 International Sleep Products Association - Positions 0%
2005 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 14%
2005 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 0%
2005 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 4%
2005 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 28%
2004 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 47%
2004 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 20%
2004 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 95%
2004 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 31%
2004 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 95%
2003-2004 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 16%
2003-2004 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 10%
2003-2004 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 57%
2003-2004 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 4%
2003-2004 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 100%
2003-2004 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 13%
2003-2004 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 33%
2003-2004 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 0%
2003-2004 National Restaurant Association - Positions 0%
2003-2004 National Retail Federation - Positions 12%
2003-2004 National Small Business Association - Positions 0%
2003-2004 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 33%
2003-2004 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 82%
2003 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 0%
2003 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 4%
2003 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 8%
2003 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 0%
2003 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 0%
2003 National Retail Federation - Positions 12%
2003 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 82%
2003 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 26%
2003 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 90%
2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 20%
2002 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 29%
2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 75%
2001-2002 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 12%
2001-2002 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 16%
2001-2002 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 0%
2001-2002 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 0%
2001-2002 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 0%
2001-2002 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 38%
2001-2002 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 25%
2001-2002 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 0%
2001-2002 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 92%
2001-2002 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 0%
2001 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 17%
2001 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 40%
2001 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 0%
2001 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 38%
2001 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 72%
2000 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 0%
2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 7%
2000 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 100%
2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 0%
2000 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40%
1999-2006 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 64%
1999-2004 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 40%
1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 8%
1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 92%
1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 73%
1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 0%
1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 0%
1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 75%
1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 47%
1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 92%
1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 14%
1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 80%
1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 20%
1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 47%
1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 29%
1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 83%
1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 92%
1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 20%
1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 0%
1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 71%
1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 40%
1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 75%
1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40%
1996 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 5%
1996 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 86%
1996 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 38%
1995-1996 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 10%
1995-1996 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 31%
1995-1996 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 95%
1995-1996 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 94%
1995 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 14%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Project Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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